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Foods from Around the World

Visit the cuisines of India, Thailand, and Italy all in under 30 minutes.

I love to travel because I enjoy experiencing others cultures; how they live, what their history is all about and what they eat. This can often be a problem when you keep kosher. So I soak up the aromas and colors of spices from all cuisines around the world, study their recipes, and try and recreate those dishes at home. At this point, I’m not traveling much, so I travel to other countries in my own kitchen in a snap. Imagine visiting the cuisines of India, Thailand, and Italy all in under 30 minutes.

India Inspired…

QUICK MULLIGATAWNY SOUP

Quick Mulligatawny Soup

Serves 8

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup soymilk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
  • Garnish, optional:
  • Crusted red pepper
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • Tofutti Sour Cream
  • Parsley or cilantro

Heat a 5-quart soup pot over medium heat. Add oil. When oil is hot, cook the chicken, stirring occasionally, until golden. Add garlic and onions and stir to cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over chicken and onion mixture and stir. Mix in curry powder and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour in chicken broth. Stir to combine and cook for a minute to thicken. Add soymilk and coconut milk, sugar and some salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Add apples and cook for 5 minutes.

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls. Top with a drizzle of crushed red pepper, cinnamon, tofutti sour cream and parsley.

Thailand inspired….

THAI BEEF NOODLES WITH PEPPERS AND ONIONS

Thai Beef Noodles with Peppers and Onions

Serves 4

  • 1 (12 ounce)package rice noodles or linguine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons red wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon s’rirachi sauce or other hot sauce, or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 2 pounds mush steak, skirt steak, or minute steak sliced thin (soak the meat in cold water before slicing to remove some salt)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeno, optional
  • Garnish:
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Cook the noodles according to the package directions.

In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, red wine, cornstarch, brown sugar, ginger, s’rirachi, garlic and the juice of half the lime. Pour 1/3 of the marinade into a bowl with the sliced beef and toss to coat. Reserve the rest of the marinade for later.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add onions and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add bell peppers and jalapenos. Cook for another minute, tossing until peppers are softened but still firm. Remove vegetables to a plate.

Into the hot skillet, add remaining tablespoon of oil. Add meat mixture, reserving the remaining soaking juices, and evenly distributing it over the surface of the skillet. Allow to sit for 45 seconds, then turn with tongs. Cook for another 30 seconds, then add onions and peppers back into skillet. Reduce heat to low. Pour in remaining marinade and soaking juices and stir. Simmer on low for 4 minutes; the sauce will slowly thicken. Turn off the heat.

Drain the noodles, then add half of them to the stir-fry. Toss and add more noodles as desired. Stir in some very hot water if needed to thin the sauce.

Garnish with basil and cilantro and serve with a squeeze of remaining.

Italy inspired…

CHICKEN PICCATA WITH LEMON NOODLES

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Noodles

Serves 6

Chicken:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1- 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup pareve cream or soymilk
  • 3 tablespoons capers

Lemon Infused Noodles:

  • 12 ounces fettuccini or other type of pasta
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Zest and juice of 1- 2 lemons, or to taste
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

For the chicken: Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides, then dredge in the flour.

Heat the margarine and oil in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Brown the chicken breasts until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes each side. Remove chicken to a plate.

Add garlic to skillet and soften for 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and wine, and squeeze in juice of the lemon. Whisk the sauce, scraping the bottom of the skillet. Allow sauce to cook and thicken until reduced by about half. Season with salt and pepper.

Reduce heat to low and whisk in pareve cream. Add capers, and cook for 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

For Lemon Noodles: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Melt margarine in a separate skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cooked pasta and most of the parsley. Cook so that a few of the noodles get a little bit of a pan-fried texture to them. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve: Place noodles on a plate. Top with chicken and sauce. Sprinkle with parsley.

About the author: Elizabeth Kurtz

 

Elizabeth Kurtz is the creator of gourmetkoshercooking.com and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, Aish.com, and other national magazines. She is a featured chef on videos for Recipe Box TV on aol.com and yahoo.com. She is passionate about food and entertaining and loves teaching cooking classes. Her first cookbook titled, CELEBRATE, food, family, shabbos is in stores now, on Amazon.com and “celebrates”, 200 original recipes easy enough for everyday and special enough for Shabbos or any holiday.

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